Parque Quinta Normal
Picnic by the lake in Parque Quinta Normal or visit one of its museums. It compares to Madrid’s Parque del Retiro, but much much smaller. Closed on Mondays.
7$ - Latte + Bagel tostado con queso crema y mermelada
Great place to have breakfast and drink a real coffee or good tea with original's sandwich or sweet cakes.
Palacio de La Moneda
The presidential palace of Chile, which was originally built as the Chilean mint, is right in Santiago Centro. From Monday to Friday you can come and tour all of the history that is hidden in the historic walls of La Moneda Palace.They offer free guided tours of the building but they request you schedule your tour a week in advance. Using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, you can schedule a spot on one of four daily tours set up to show the public Government headquarters. They have a changing of the guard ceremony every other day at 10am during the week, or 11am on the weekend, e-mail to confirm the current schedule before you go if you want to ensure you see it.
Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda
You can visit the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, which has several different art and cultural exhibits at any time. Good cultural centre with expositions, movies, coffee places and shops. Entry is free if you go before 12pm, they also offer free tours, ask about availability.
15$ - average price
Here, you’ll find a variety of seafood fresh from Chile’s long coastline: fish, oysters, mussels, scallops, clams and a whole lot more. Sit down at one of the local restaurants for a delicious dining experience or take home a fish to fry yourself if your accommodation is equipped with a kitchen. Mercado Central is Santiago landmark. It’s housed in a sprawling building accented by wrought iron.
This Santiago neighborhood is the city’s bohemian quarter, a place where artists and intellectuals live, work and play. It’s the hippest place in town, with restaurants, funky boutiques and avant-garde galleries. Colorful old houses abound on the barrio’s tree-lined streets. Weekend evenings feature a crafts market, with art made from the semi-precious lapis lazuli a popular buy.
Casa Museo La Chascona
11$ - general admission, 4 $ - referential entry
One of the 3 museums of Chile’s beloved poet Pablo Neruda, which are all located in his former homes, is located right in Bellavista where he lived with his third wife Matilde Urrutia, the home’s namesake. The museum is decorated with an incredible collection of anything you can imagine from all over the world and is also home to his Nobel Prize. There are rooms designed to create the feeling that you are on a ship, and there are some great views of the city. Closed on Mondays.
16$ - general admission, 11 $ - referential entry
You can see an amazing 360° view of Santiago from the mirador (viewpoint) at Sky Costanera, 300 meters up at Torre Costanera currently the tallest building in South America. Sky Costanera is open 365 days a year, including holidays. You can buy your tickets in advance at the ticket booths.
28$ - Ribs with chili potatoes + Wine
Great local bar for a late night. Good Chilean food and great variety of wine. Closed on Sundays.